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India asks Italy to hand over under trial marines

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India summoned the Italian ambassador on Tuesday to demand that Rome hand over two of its marines facing trial for the killing of two fishermen, an Indian foreign ministry statement said. The marines are accused of shooting dead two fishermen off India s southwestern coast in February last year, when their fishing boat came close to the …

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NKorean can launch sudden strike on SKorea

SEOUL (AP) – Recent Korean history reveals a sobering possibility: It may only be a matter of time before North Korea launches a sudden, deadly attack on the South. And perhaps more unsettling, Seoul has vowed that this time, it will respond with an even stronger blow. Humiliated by past attacks, South Korea has promised as recently as Tuesday to …

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Clashes, blasts mark Bangladesh opposition protest

DHAKA (AP) – Several bombs exploded in Bangladesh s capital and police clashed with protesters Tuesday as opposition leaders enforced a daylong, nationwide general strike over what they say is police intimidation.   Witnesses and news reports said several homemade bombs exploded during the beginning of the shutdown. RTV and Bangla Vision stations reported explosions in different areas of Dhaka. It …

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Iran frees 14 journalists: report

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran has freed 14 journalist working for reformist papers who were arrested in January and accused of cooperating with a “Western-linked network”, the reformist Shargh newspaper reported on Sunday.   The newspaper said the journalists were released from jail after posting bail, while four others were still behind bars.   At the time of their arrest in …

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Five Bangladesh students held for killing blogger

DHAKA (AFP) -, as four people were killed in fresh protests over the sentencing to death of an Islamic party leader for war crimes. The students allegedly confessed to hacking to death blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider after he helped organise protests against leaders of the biggest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, who are being tried by a war crimes court, police said. …

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Four Indians arrested in gang-rape case

NEW DELHI – Delhi police have arrested four men for allegedly gang-raping a 24-year-old mother after chasing down the car the attackers used to transport their victim, an official said Thursday.   The incident, which happened on Wednesday night, comes less than two months after a fatal attack on a 23-year-old student who was gang-raped and violated with a rusty …

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Protests hit Bangladesh after war crimes verdict

DHAKA:  Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party is enforcing a general strike across the country for a second day to protest a war crimes verdict.   A tribunal on Tuesday sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah to life in prison.   Street clashes that followed the verdict killed up to four people and injured dozens more on Tuesday.   Local news agency …

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NKorea nuke test seems imminent: SKorea envoy

UNITED NATIONS: South Korea s U.N. ambassador said Monday a North Korean nuclear test “seems to be imminent.” Ambassador Kim Sook said there are “very busy activities” taking place at North Korea s nuclear test site “and everybody s watching.”   Kim told a press conference that in the event of a nuclear test, he expects the U.N. Security Council to respond with …

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Iran: Police arrest former Tehran prosecutor

TEHRAN: Iranian police late Monday arrested former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, an ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, official media reported without stating any reason for the move.   Mortazavi, Tehran s notorious former prosecutor, was suspended in August 2010 along with two other judges over the death in prison of three anti-government protesters in the aftermath of the 2009 presidential election. …

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US drone strike kills important Taliban commander: sources

A US drone strike killed a Taliban commander, his deputy and eight others in northwest Pakistan, intelligence sources and tribal leaders said Thursday, weeks after he was wounded in a bomb attack believed to have been launched by Taliban rivals. Maulvi Nazir Wazir, also known as Mullah Nazir, was killed on Wednesday night when missiles struck a house in Angoor …

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